No place for Harry and Meghan in 'slimmed-down monarchy' at Prince Charles' coronation
According to a royal insider, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not join Charles on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following his coronation. When Charles finally ascends the throne, a 'slimmed-down monarchy' will be on display, according to a royal source. At the time of him becoming the King, the source says that only Prince William, Kate, and their children would join Charles and Camilla on the balcony.
When the Queen waved to huge crowds below the palace following her coronation in 1953, she was joined by her family and ladies of honour. According to the Mail On Sunday, Charles wants his coronation to be 'far cheaper' than Her Majesty's, which cost £1.57 million, or £46 million today.
It's been suggested that the guest list will be a fourth of what it was in 1953, and that there will be much fewer members of the Royal Family. According to a source: "It will be a slimmed-down Monarchy on display throughout. I wouldn't be surprised to see just Charles and Camilla, Kate and William and their children on the Buckingham Palace balcony afterwards."
According to reports, Prince Charles and Camilla will be crowned side by side in a scaled-back coronation ceremony. It comes after the Queen stated that it is her "sincere wish" for Camilla to be referred to as Queen Consort when her son ascends to the throne. The Queen Consort was last crowned in 1937, when Elizabeth, the Queen's mother, sat alongside King George VI.
According to the Mail on Sunday, as part of Operation Golden Orb, arrangements for Charles and Camilla's coronation, which is expected to take place within a year of his ascension, are being explored. This ceremony is supposed to be “shorter, sooner, smaller, less expensive and more representative of different community groups and faiths."
According to the source, some aspects of the coronation will be altered to "reflect modern-day Britain," but it will remain an Anglican liturgy with the vows will remain untouched. The number of visitors to the event will be limited to 2,000, and members of the Royal family will be present in smaller numbers. In addition, many fewer protectorates are projected to be invited.